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FOOTBALL: Week 3 Capsules

September 6, 2018

Reed-Custer (1-1) at Peotone (1-1)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Reed-Custer — QB Josh Loomis, WR A.J. Cherry; Peotone — RB/LB Ryan Brewer, DL Carlos Cardenas, DB Hunter Brunke

Preview: It’s a contrast of two different offensive styles — Reed-Custer’s spread offense against Peotone’s double-wing attack. Loomis ran for more than 200 yards, but his arm might be more effective this time around. The biggest factor is time of possession, and few teams do that better than Peotone. The Blue Devils control the clock and understand how to wear down opposing defensive lines. That will be the difference maker.

Pick: Peotone 24, Reed-Custer 10

Sandwich (2-0) at Manteno (0-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Caleb Borkenhagen, RB Dave Wurster, WR Anthony Lopez

Preview: Manteno’s season took a complete turn for the worse when Shane Warren broke his ankle during the first series in the Panthers’ loss to Lisle. But the show goes on, and now it’s Caleb Borkenhagen’s time to take over. This is a must win for Manteno if it’s to stay in the hunt for a playoff game. It must find a running game.

Pick: Manteno 21, Sandwich 17

Westville (0-2) at Central (0-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Preview: It must feel like deja vu for Central, as this marks back-to-back seasons with an 0-2 start. Although the team only has scored 14 points all season, the progress of quarterback Jay Lemenager has been a bright spot, as he’s thrown for more than 400 yards this season. Westville, meanwhile, is looking for a shred of hope after an 11-1 campaign last season. It will have to stop the passing game for a win.

Pick: Central 21, Westville 7

Wilmington (1-1) at Lisle (2-0)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Keaton Hopwood, RB Conner Dempsay, RB Sam Hafner

Preview: Very rarely does Wilmington take a punch in the mouth and not have a counterpunch. But that’s what happened Saturday. Even more rarely does it happen in back-to-back weeks, but that’s what the Wildcats are up against. With the run game totally on ice last week, the Wildcats aim to break out the blowtorches behind Dempsay, Hafner and Trey Shaw.

Pick: Wilmington 28, Lisle 14

Dwight (1-1) at Seneca (1-1)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Dwight — RB Logan Graham, DE Chris Bement, WR/DB Dakota Wahl; Seneca — RB Logan Bruss, RB Brody Baudino, DB Owen Barnett

Preview: It’s Seneca’s debut in the SVC, and it’s playing a team that is a mirror image of itself. Both teams are run-heavy, low-passing, smashmouth type teams. The biggest difference is Seneca relies on two guys in Bruss and Baudino to run, and Dwight can go up to four guys. A game of attrition and battle in the trenches. Low-scoring, grind-it-out type of game.

Pick: Dwight 22, Seneca 16

Bradley-Bourbonnais (2-0) at Lincoln-Way West (1-1)

Gametime: 7:30 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Keaton Schmidt, RB Isaiah Nwokenkeo, LB Jimmy Bynum, DB Logan Meyer

Preview: Now, it’s Southwest Suburban Conference time for the Boilers, and what a first test right out of the gates. Lincoln-Way West was ranked in the Top 10 in Class 7A before falling to Lincoln-Way Central by one possession. For the Boilers, they must strike early and often, play turnover free and chew up the clock, which means a heavy dose of Nwokenkwo and Bynum.

Pick: Lincoln-Way West 27, Bradley-Bourbonnais 13

Ottawa (0-2) at Kankakee (0-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Tyjuane Stewart, RB Antonio Pittman, LB Kenny Chandler

Preview: The Kays’ offense has been lackluster to say the least, and Ottawa’s offense has some pop to it. Kankakee is averaging 9.5 points per game, and Ottawa scores 24.5 points. Kankakee showed a lot of fight against Bradley-Bourbonnais, and the defense seemed to be full force. However, it can be mentally challenging bouncing back from a rivalry game. Here’s hoping there’s no hangover effect.

Pick: Ottawa 17, Kankakee 14

Brooksfield (1-1) at Bishop McNamara (2-0)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: RB Tyshon King, RB Manny Harris, WR Payton Gerberding

Preview: The Irish aren’t all the way back, but they slowly are building back to the standard of excellence they had built. Tyshon King has been unstoppable so far, with area-bests of 427 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Tyler Hiller should be back this week after a sprained ankle kept him out last week, and with King in the backfield, there’s more damage to be done, as the Irish open Metro Suburban action for the first time.

Pick: Bishop McNamara 27, Brookfield 21

Jacksonville (0-0) at Milford-Cissna Park (1-0)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Jared Schunke, RB Penn Stoller, RB Kennedy Kunsch

Preview: Offense clearly isn’t a problem for the Bearcats, as they piled on 60 points in their season opener. Undoubtedly, they will keep the same game plan after Stoller, Schunke and Kunsch combined for seven touchdowns. Maybe not 60 points again, but they’ll score. A lot.

Pick: Milford-Cissna Park 35, Jacksonville 23

Momence (0-2) at Watseka (1-1)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Momence — QB Kobey Mazur, RB Jalen Williams, DE Jason Bargy; Watseka — RB Justin McTaggart, OL/DL Tim Wright, DB Blake Castonguay

Preview: Both teams are coming off losses, but Momence is the far more desperate team. The Redskins gave up more than 500 rushing yards to Bismarck-Henning, and with the running game and offensive line Watseka has, more of the same could be in line. Momence can’t have any empty possessions, even if it ends in a field goal. This one could get out of hand.

Pick: Watseka 42, Momence 14

Iroquois West (0-2) at Paxton-Buckley-Loda (1-1)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Tibaldo Alvarez, RB Nolan Ahlden, WR Cole Stone

Preview: After a solid outing in their season opener, the Raiders completely fell apart in the home opener, as they were shut out by Hoopeston. Now, they face a P-B-L team that constantly has had their number for years. And on the road. Whatever water the Raiders drank in Week 1 needs to come back for Week 3 and more.

Pick: P-B-L 28, Iroquois West 8

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